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Virginia Mason Medical Center Interview

31 Questions and Answers by Ryan Brunner

Published January 30th, 2019 | Ryan has over 10 years of experience interviewing
candidates in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries.
Question 1 of 31
Virginia Mason Medical Center has a diverse workforce. When have you worked amongst a diverse group of people?
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Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you can handle an environment that offers diversity. Even better, give an example of being able to embrace diversity in the workplace.
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Virginia Mason Medical Center has a diverse workforce. When have you worked amongst a diverse group of people?
Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you can handle an environment that offers diversity. Even better, give an example of being able to embrace diversity in the workplace.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I have worked with diverse groups of people most of my career, including my time in University. I am most comfortable, and happy, in this type of environment because it offers me unique learning opportunities."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I am so glad you pointed out your need for diversity at Virginia Mason Medical Center. I greatly value diversity. I grew up in a fairly homogeneous town in Montana. When I hit my 20's, it was so important to me to learn about other cultures. I worked with community volunteer organizations in Peru, inner-city Chicago, and Russia."
What do you know about Virginia Mason Medical Center's community improvement efforts? Why do you feel these things are important to the greater community we operate in?
Virginia Mason Medical Center puts a great deal of resources and effort into great community health improvement projects like health education, nutrition education, fitness initiatives and projects that extend internationally as well. For this question, make sure to research some of the efforts that the organization takes part in and speak to the one's that hit close to home for you in talking about their importance. If you've taken part in any community health initiatives in the past, be sure to bring up the details of what your participation entailed. As well, talk a bit about the greater health of the community and the impact that can have.

Ryan's Answer #1
"During my five years working as a Dialysis Technician, I have assisted in diabetes education classes for both newly diagnosed patients and for community awareness seminars that my organization has put on. As part of the team, I have spoken about the dialysis process and what patients can expect as far as their dialysis treatment goes. For both the patient and community education seminars, my input was always well received and important. Programs like this are important because a lot of diseases and illnesses have very negative stigmas in the general public's eye and by simply educating people, these stigmas are negated. I'd look forward to working on any diabetes related education initiatives with your organization."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I have a first hand experience on how effective community health initiative programs can be. My brother in law was facing some severe health problems due to obesity and his motivation to finally turn things around came from nutrition and cooking classes that were offered by a local healthcare organization. While his family and friends could talk until they were blue in the face, being among others in his situation and hearing professionals talk about the benefits of healthy eating and being shown how to cook healthy meals were the turning point for him. Seeing the effect a simple program had on him, I'm a true believer in community health efforts."
Do you think it is possible to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader?
The interviewer wants to know that you can be diplomatic in the workplace, even when you may not agree with your leader.

Show the interviewer that it is possible for you to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader from time to time. Explain that you believe everyone is entitled to their own professional opinion, yet capable of maintaining respect for each other at the same time.

Show that even if you disagree with the final decision they make, you support the direction the team is heading.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I think that it is possible to be a great team member, even when disagreeing with the leader. It's all in how you maintain respect for each other despite the difference in opinion."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I believe that being a good team member is more about attitude than it is about compatibility. You do not need to agree with everyone 100% of the time, to be effective in your job."
Why do you think you will be successful in this role with Virginia Mason Medical Center?
Rather than just sharing how you have gone above and beyond expectations in the past, focus on how your qualities will help you to meet and exceed expectations with Virginia Mason Medical Center. Discuss the reasons why will you be great at this job. Talk about your qualifications and skills that will help you to do this job well. If you can, match your strengths to the requirements outlined in the job description.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I know I will be successful in this role because I have been working in this industry for five years with great training and mentorship. I have a solid understanding of X, Y, and Z (skills listed in the job description). Also, I have all of my updated certifications as outlined in your job description. I am well-prepared for this next step in my career."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I believe my success with Virginia Mason Medical Center will come from having all of the hard skills that you are looking for, whether learned in school or gained through work experience. I know all the key players in this region and stay informed of best practices."
What is your greatest weakness?
Pick a weakness that is not a core skill for this position. You can be candid in your answer; recognizing that you aren't great at something and acknowledging your need to improve. Be sure to have an action plan in place for improving on this weakness.

Perhaps you are watching TED talks to gain skills in a particular area, reading the latest-and-greatest book on the subject, or maybe you are taking a seminar at a nearby community center. We are all human with our weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share yours!

Ryan's Answer #1
"I believe I could improve on some technical skills including Excel and Word. Currently I am at a beginner to intermediate level; however, I would be more comfortable at an advanced level. I have enrolled myself in an evening/weekend workshop for the next six weeks. We will see how stellar my skills are after that course!"
Ryan's Answer #2
"I know this will come off as cliche, but it's truthful. My weakness is in not delegating. I know what I want to be done and how I want it done, so it's often easier to do it myself. However, it can inhibit my ability to grow. I cannot take on every step of a project; I need to be able to give the task or a portion of it to another team member or direct report, let go of the control and know it will be taken care of. I've spoken with my current manager about it, and we've developed a system where he can call me out on the behavior since often I'm not aware of it. By bringing awareness to it at the moment, I find my propensity to hold onto control has decreased, so I'm certainly moving in the right direction."
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